Disclaimer: I'll use 'post' to refer to both questions and answers. I believe the same applies for both.
So, all 'intervention' actions are ways to tell the original poster that something is not good or not good enough. The gap between not good and not good enough will likely help to define the approach.
From 'Not Good Enough' to 'WTF':
When a post is ...
In my opinion, those are all valid responses. Depends on what you mean by "dodgy". Below are some opinions about some of the related issues. I've tried to highlight the fact that these are opinions by being somewhat lighthearted.
Meta is where the culture is formed.
IMHO you've done right to ask in meta - this is where we form the culture, the norms ...
The Privileges page is now part of the Help Center, and can be broken down into four categories.
One of the challenges a Stack Exchange beta site must overcome is gaining passionate contributors. To succeed, the site cannot rely on diamond moderators alone. Instead, users who have reached certain moderation privilege thresholds would step in and help keep ...
Yes and no...
Yes - we definitely need a new moderator more at least!
No - on beta sites there's no election process. Instead, the current mods / SE staff invite valuable members to help on the burden.
We're discussing the latter with the community managers and we expect to have news very soon.
Update 1 (20/Mar): Still waiting feedback from ...
Your mod team here has supported the idea of getting some backup, as the older answer here shows. Today, I am happy to announce that CodeGnome is joining the mod team here to provide them with that support!
Please join me in welcoming this familiar face to the new job!
First, the question you should be asking is "Is there a consensus among the community", not moderators, as it is the community here who runs this site. Diamond moderators are here to handle exceptional circumstances. The 5 users who voted to close your post are all users of Project Management Stack Exchange who have contributed enough to gain the close/...
This is sort of a late answer, but I wanted to add that I oftentimes check the PMSE Notice Board for activity.
CodeGnome and Aziz hang out in there quite a bit, and we often post links to questions that we need to watch.
I'm thinking if more higher rep users in the 500+ range dropped by, it could help get those extra close votes needed to put on hold some ...
The link you provided is great!
The first phrase to come to my mind to answer this:
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and
you feed him for a lifetime.
So, instead of doing a massive amount of edits that adds low / no value and having them stockpiling on the edition queue, you could add comments on these questions to ...
What Happened to the Spammy Posts
The two posts you referenced were addressed by the community, but insufficient action was taken by users with sufficient voting privileges. I eventually deleted those questions outright, rather than treating them as spam, for the reasons outlined in the accepted answer to a related meta question.
Flags can and ...
Think About Semantic Clarity of the Question
Context matters, and clarity is often the determining factor for me when I review titles. For example:
ruby: chars in var name
This is a terrible title for many reasons, and the tag being in the title is only one of them. Contrast this with the question below.
What characters are allowed when defining a ...
I've deleted the duplicate, but I can't really do more than speculate about why the flag was declined before, and offer some suggestions about how to flag this type of thing in the future.
As I currently understand it, the helpful/disputed flags are the result of actions taken (or not) by the mods, rather than something the ...
The original question, which the OP keeps rolling back, is off-topic for a number of reasons defined in our Help Center, including:
"your question is just a rant in disguise: “______ sucks, am I right?”
The OP says: "I blame our Agile approach for encouraging this particular problem, am I wrong?"
"there is no actual problem to be solved: “...
I vote for of-topic.
The situation described is one of a project manager,
but the cause of the situation has nothing to do with project management, it's more careers, workplace or self management.
I'm pretty sure Stephen Covey (the 7 Habits of Higly effective people dude) would chime in in the same direction, and maybe even with the same (on the surface) ...
I think there might be value in a comunity wiki for this.
The idea of just doing a google search for "project management blog" will lead to blogs with a good google search optimzation, and a lot of sites listing "top 25(whatever) Project Management Blogs"
The problem with google search results is, that one does not how someone came up with his/her list, ...
Honestly, I think the question referenced should be closed or deleted since it evinces several key smells:
It's extremely listy.
There's no use case or user story here; it's just a proxy for a search engine question.
It's too easy to Google for a more up-to-date and less-biased answer. Unless there's some curation value to a wiki list, people should just ...
Don't be afraid to post - (or "Our community doesn't bite")
I definitely don't want you to be afraid to post a question.
I suggest sticking around for a few minutes after posting a question. If people are around to help you edit and improve your question; oftentimes, we don't need to close.
If we do close a new question, we also try to use it as an ...
No, questions do not have to be robust enough to outlast eternity or the heat-death of the universe.
Questions/Answers Should be Relevant to Wide Audience
Questions that are "too localized" are questions that aren't applicable to anyone other than the person asking the questions, or about situations that are so transient that they don't form a ...
Product management as it relates to project management is certainly on-topic here, but other aspects of product or portfolio management are out of scope. In particular, the roles and responsibilities of a Product Manager within a given project-management framework are likely to be very much within the scope of this site.
Analysis of Your Referenced ...
Deleted, Not Flagged
I eventually opted to delete the answers without flagging them as spam. I did this because:
They were low quality, but not necessarily spam.
The links in the edit history would have continued to feed SEO in the event that they were spam.
Deleting the questions without flagging as spam seems less likely to result in punitive action by ...
Really liked the stats we got, Shog! I believe our community is steadily improving along the years.
I got curious with Danny's question and decided to dig down a bit in our number of users and levels and here goes the analysis I got.
My reading of these numbers are:
It's really hard to engage new users to the point they contribute back to the community ...
The OP is rolling back the question to a format which does not meet the PM.SE guidelines for a lot of reasons include opinion-based.
Either the edits are enforced or the question needs closed. It is clear the OP is now trolling the site and I have flagged this to Mods who have not taken action.
I don't think I like the way the new post review works. I generally limit myself to giving one or possibly two answers an upvote per question. This doesn't mean that all of the others deserve a downvote. So that means I either need to leave a spurious comment, or select "not sure" which seems rather confining.
Sorry for my harsh words on this one. But I really thought a degree of directness was appropriate. There is always something off a bit when someone says I am having all these problems due to everyone else....
I went ahead and closed the Project Management Blogs post after taking into consideration the following points:
It's not constructive.
It had 3 downvotes and no upvotes.
2 of 3 users who responded in meta appear to support it's removal.
It had one close vote on it.
I did also think about the points made by Huibert Gill:
The problem with google search ...
One argument I haven't seen here yet: I know such lists exist on different sites (SO included). Basing on traffic data on my blog (multiple clicks per visit when referenced from such question at SO) they sometimes seem valuable for readers, i.e. they like the content and the quality enough they stay on the site way longer than average visitors.
In short, ...
"Close" is correct; "Open" is Community-Focused
I think the two specific questions probably should be closed, but I also understand why they were reopened. It's a balancing act, and I think that PMSE should strive to be less aggressive about closing questions until our question volume is higher.
The two questions were correctly closed as "Not Constructive" ...
Tools Are Part of the Job
"Where is the edit menu?" is software support. "How do I perform my job using X?" seems on-topic.
There are certainly gray areas, but I think the site should err on the side of acceptance whenever possible--especially in the early days, when the community is still finding itself--rather than breathing rarified (and rather lonely) ...
Why does our policy on pm-tools appear inconsistent?
We're currently revising our site scope, making some changes, and experimenting with new policies and guidelines as a community. Also, I wrote the information in the pm-software tag wiki, and this hasn't yet been fully discussed with the community:
Questions with this tag should be about a real, actual ...
Adapted from Cryptography meta, originally posted by Ninefingers
Rationale: why do we close questions?
There are really two ways to do moderation. If you've been on any of the .moderated newsgroups you'll be well aware that to get a post on there, it needs to undergo a review process first and be accepted. The aim is to keep problem discussions from ...